New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) of India on Wednesday extended the date for submission of claims and objections for inclusion in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to December 31.
The apex court had earlier fixed December 15 as the last date for the 40 lakh applicants who were left out of the final draft of the citizens’ register.
The top court also allowed submission of documents from the ‘B’ list which were issued after September 31, 2015 for claiming citizenship.
In a respite for the state government, the SC also extended the verification date of claims by 15 days to February 15 next year. Earlier, the Assam government had submitted before the apex court that for ‘semi-literate’ people, filling up the claims form was not easy. Of the 40,07,707 people, who were left out of the final draft published on July 31, only 14.8 lakh claims have been submitted.
The state government sought the extension of last date for filing claims as panchayat polls in the state delayed the NRC update process. The state government also said, “People from Brahmaputra and Barak valley are taking active part in the democratic process.” The state government attributed lack of knowledge for lower number of claims in the NCR update process.